Meandering through the lush vegetation of Queensland's tropical rainforest, the Planchonella House looks like a secluded retreat for the ultimate nature lover. Every inch of the house references nature, whether by offering unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape or through the presence of natural materials. Architect Jesse Bennett designed the sustainable home, which was recently awarded the prestigious Robin Boyd Award by the Australian Institute of Architects.
The flowing contours of the house create overhangs that act as a rainforest canopy, while the slender columns and floor-to-ceiling windows provide unobstructed views of the landscape. The layout wraps around a courtyard which acts as an oasis, providing natural light, ventilation and a connection to the surrounding rainforest.
Promenades, continuous glass surfaces and large interior spaces create a luxurious environment that looks and feels integrated with nature. Passive design strategies are deployed throughout the house, thanks to which the house embraces the heritage rainforest surrounding and provides a raw, nature-infused place to live.
Photos by Sean Fennessy